Deschutes Brewery & Bendistillery Release Black Butte Whiskey

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Deschutes Brewery out of Bend and Portland Oregon puts out a wide variety of Ales.  Their most recognizable beers include Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, Jubelale and, of course, their Black Butte Porter – both the regular and the annually-released, barrel-aged version.

The barrel-aged version of Black Butte is a bit different each year and can include additions like chilies, cranberries, orange peel, figs, vanilla beans or any number of other special ingredients.  I particularly enjoyed this year’s release of Black Butte XXVIII.  It had smooth well-blended flavors of vanilla and cocoa with just a touch of smoke, giving you a feel for the barrel the beer spent 12 months maturing in.

Now Deschutes has teamed up with Bendistillery, the same distillery that created the Crater Lake line of spirits, to bring to us a project 20 years in the making: Black Butte Whiskey.  Double distilled from the wash of Black Butte Porter, it sort of brings things full circle.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Turns 20

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There are far too many great breweries out there for me to pick a single favorite.  There are a handful, however, that I would consider my top ranked breweries.  High up on that list is Firestone Walker Brewing Company.  They are masters of barrel fermentation, barrel aging and blending, and I have never had a single beer from them that wasn’t outstanding.

Now, as they prepare to turn 20, they have a whole list of special events planned.  Unfortunately for us here in Washington, most of these events take place down in California so, unless you have the mean to head South for a visit, we’ll have to celebrate vicariously with some delicious Firestone Walker beers.

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The 3rd Annual Summer End Pig Roast Is Coming Up At Stogies n Hops

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Summer is fading away in Seattle.  Our temperatures are down, the rain is back and the leaves are already starting to turn.  Heck, I’ve even already started drinking Oktoberfest beers (the official dates for Oktoberfest this year are September 17 thru October 3).  Fall is still officially a couple of weeks away though, so there’s still time for a few more Summertime celebrations before we welcome back the grey skies and rain for months.

Stogies n Hops (CBM Sponsor) is all set to celebrate the end of Summer with their 3rd Annual Summer End Pig Roast, which is also a celebration of the 20th Anniversaries of both Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Company.

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Flocktoberfest 2016 Happens This Saturday at Black Raven Brewing

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Everyone loves a good party, and Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) certainly puts on quite a celebration each year for their annual ‘Flock Party’.  They provide great beers, food trucks, live bands, etc.  I’ve been to their Flock Party many times, and it’s always a great time.

It seems that this year, however, just one Flock Party isn’t enough for Black Raven.  So, this Saturday, September 10th get ready for Black Raven’s Flocktoberfest.  As with their annual Flock Party, there’ll be great beers, including the release of their Flocktoberfest Lager, great food, games and more.

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Cease & Desist IPA Returns For Seahawks Season From Foggy Noggin Brewing

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Are you ready for some football?  If you are (and I know you are!) then you’re also ready for the return of a Seahawks/Marshawn Lynch-inspired IPA.  They can’t call it “12th Man” or “Skittles” (due to a cease & desist order from Texas A&M University), so please welcome back Cease & Desist IPA from Foggy Noggin Brewing Company.

Only around for the Seahawks season, Cease & Desist IPA gets its unique, slightly tart flavor from the addition of Marshawn Lynch’s favorite fruity candy.  Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.  Cease & Desist IPA returns this coming Saturday, September 10th – just in time for the Seahwaks home opener against the Miami Dolphins on the 11th.  Go Hawks!

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Good Food & Drinks At Moctezuma’s

 

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There’s more to life than just beer.  Yep, I said it, and it’s true.  Sometimes, even someone who loves craft beer as much as I do needs a change of pace.  Also, since I love Mexican food – both traditional and Tex-Mex, a good Margarita and perhaps a shot of tequila or two is something I always enjoy.

This past Saturday, my wife Lynn and I were in the mood to go out for dinner and a few drinks, so we headed to Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar at the Southcenter Mall, who had learned about my interest when I emailed them with a Margarita question, and graciously offered to buy us dinner and drinks.  Moctezuma’s also has locations in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and a new location coming soon in Silverdale.  The Tacoma location was their first, having been opened back in 1978 by Arturo and Magdelena Garcia.  Their son, Bernie, took the reigns from Mom & Dad and is the one responsible for their continued success and expansion.

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Firestone Walker Announces Luponic Distortion Revolution 003

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Back in May of this year, Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched a new series of IPAs known as the Luponic Distorion series. Luponic Distortion Revolution 001 flew under the radar a bit, but many more people learned what this series was all about when Revolution 002 arrived in July.

Now, Firestone Walker is getting ready to launch the 3rd iteration in the series: Luponic Distortion Revolution 003. Like the previous beers in the series, Revolution 003 uses the same malt bill but all new hops, including a new, yet to be named hop.

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Roasted Rye In Cans & 3 New Beers For Fall From Reuben’s Brews

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Earlier this month, Reuben’s Brews celebrated their 4th Anniversary.  It was a great party with an amazing tap list, featuring a new IPA and 3 different barrel-aged beers to enjoy.  I particularly enjoyed their new Hopped Off The Press IPA.  I hope they brew it again and send some cans to local retailers.

Until then, however, I’ll have to be satisfied with Reuben’s latest news.  Their Roasted Rye IPA, the beer that started it all for them, is now available in cans, and they have 3 new beers ready to debut for Fall.  Say hello to Imperial Pumpkin, Life on Mars and Amarillo Fresh Hop.

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Field to Ferment Fresh Hop Pale Ale Coming From Fremont Brewing

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Hopheads rejoice.  It’s Fresh Hop season!  It all kicked off this past Friday when Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), released their 2016 Fresh Hop IPA.  Now, Fremont Brewing Company is preparing to release their 2016 Fresh Hop Pale Ale.

In a unique twist, however, Fremont isn’t just brewing one fresh hop recipe.  They’ll be brewing during the whole hop harvest season up in the Yakima valley, and  using four different hop varieties as each one his harvested throughout the season.

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Oaktoberfest Returns From Firestone Walker

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It may still be Summer, but Fall beers are already starting to arrive.  In case you hadn’t noticed, Pumpkin beers are making their way back onto store shelves, and I’ve seen one or two Oktoberfest releases out there as well.

Last year, other than for a few select accounts, Firestone Walker Brewing Company didn’t release their Fall Seasonal, Oaktoberfest.  Now it’s back though, and this time it’s coming in 16 oz cans – only the second time Firestone has packaged this beer.  So dust off your lederhosen or pull your dirndl out of the closet, because Oktoberfest is right around the corner.   Continue reading